Principles and values

Principles and values

The recommendations in this guideline are supported by the following principles[1]:

  • Put the voices of children, young people and their families at the heart of service design and delivery.

  • Deliver services that are tailored to the individual and diverse needs of children and young people by ensuring effective joint commissioning and integrated professional working.

  • Develop services that address health and wellbeing and promote high-quality care.

  • Encourage warm and caring relationships between child and carer that nurture attachment and create a sense of belonging so that the child or young person feels safe, valued and protected.

  • Help children and young people to develop a strong sense of personal identity and maintain the cultural and religious beliefs they choose.

  • Ensure young people are prepared for and supported in their transition to adulthood.

  • Support the child or young person to participate in the wider network of peer, school and community activities to help build resilience and a sense of belonging.

  • Ensure children and young people have a stable experience of education that encourages high aspiration and supports them in achieving their potential.



[1] These were developed by the Programme Development Group based on the principles in the Statutory guidance on promoting the health and well-being of looked after children (Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department of Health), the 6 entitlements of the National Children's Bureau 'National Healthy Care Standard, and discussion of a quality of care index developed by David Berridge et al. (Looked after and learning: evaluation of the virtual school head pilot Department of Children, Schools and Families). For details of the index, see Stein M Quality matters in children's services: messages from research.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)